Acceptable Premises: An Epistemic Approach to an Informal by James B. Freeman

By James B. Freeman

While, if ever, is one justified in accepting the premises of a controversy? what's the right criterion of premise acceptability? delivering a entire conception of premise acceptability, this e-book solutions those questions from an epistemological process that the writer calls "common feel foundationalism". His paintings may be of curiosity to experts in casual good judgment, serious considering and argumentation idea in addition to to a broader variety of philosophers and people educating rhetoric.

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Indeed, we might take Blair and Johnson’s characterization of a community of model interlocutors as a gloss on the notion of the community of rational inquirers. Hence, to describe a rational challenger as a representative of the community of rational inquirers or as proceeding with a community of model interlocutors as a regulative ideal amounts basically to the same thing. Although Blair and Johnson do not index acceptability to a particular challenger at a particular time, such indexing is implicit in their discussion.

21). And this problem is foundational. Until we know what inductive probability means, we cannot measure it, in any exact way. Talk of arguments being strong or weak will again be intuitive. How would we tell whether an argument was inductively strong? Without some methodology, we have no way other than intuitive judgments to determine this. But without being able to determine the inductive probability of arguments, how can we determine the epistemic probability of statements? It appears that the proposal to take probability as the criterion of acceptability is more an answer schema than an answer.

There may be no agreed-upon 28 Acceptability way to proceed or advance the issue. Consequently, there may be no way to determine whether the issue has been advanced. By contrast, a dialectical situation is a dialogical situation governed by specific procedural rules. The participants will accept certain roles. These roles will circumscribe the types of contributions they may make to the exchange. In particular, one or more persons will be protagonists, putting forward initial theses, defending them, and presenting further justificatory claims when challenged.

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